Amidst this pandemic, a disturbing pattern has emerged, where authoritarian countries are exploiting the global crisis to eliminate or inflict further suffering on political prisoners in some of the world’s worst prison conditions— the spaces most vulnerable to the spread
Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) joined Rep. David Trone (MD-06) and four colleagues from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that he raise concerns about Turkey’s COVID-19 prisoner release policies, namely
Executive Summary Turkey is a constitutional republic with an executive presidential system and a 600-seat parliament. The unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Caglayan Justice Palace, Istanbul – © OVKNHR / Shutterstock.com In a report published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, calls on the Turkish authorities to restore judicial independence and stop the practice of targeting human
Watch the moving testimony of Selin Senol-Akin, the wife of Kemal, an innocent navy officer who has been wrongfully imprisoned for the past 3 years in Turkey : One story of injustice…just one drop into the oceans of the world….Yet
(London) – The Turkish authorities’ decision to deny lawyers access to four men, who were forcibly disappeared in February 2019, but are now confirmed to be in police custody in Ankara raises concerns that the men may be being put under pressure
Gökhan Türkmen and Mustafa Yılmaz have been missing since 7 and 19 February 2019 respectively and are suspected to have been abducted and forcibly disappeared. The authorities have so far been denying that they are being held in official custody.
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly sent international observers to attend the first hearing of the criminal trial on the ‘Gezi Park’ protests at Silivri Prison Courthouse in Istanbul, scheduled to take place
More than two dozen ex-Turkish military officers are in the U.S. seeking asylum — afraid they’ll be jailed if they return home. They say they were falsely accused of taking part in a 2016 coup. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We have
Many human rights defenders, civil society activists, media, academics, politicians, doctors, lawyers, judges and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, are still detained – sometimes without indictment, and are facing smear campaigns by the media and senior politicians.